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    Navajo Silversmith Tools

    Herrero, also known as Atsidi Sani, was the first Navajo silversmith, having learned the trade from a Mexican silversmith named Cassilio. After most Navajo were forced into Redondo, New Mexico, in 1865, Herrero requested silversmithing tools so he could teach the trade to his people. They took the trade back to the reservation in 1968. Among the crafts they created were head stalls for horses, horse bridles, Concha belts, and jewelry, like bracelets and necklaces.

    Yakima War: Martial Law declared

    By spring of 1856 Stevens began to suspect that some settlers in Pierce County, who had married into area tribes, were secretly conspiring with their Native American in-laws against the territorial government. Stevens’ distrust of the Pierce County settlers may have been heightened by the strong Whig Party sentiment in the county and opposition to Democratic policies. Stevens ordered the suspect farmers arrested and held at Camp Montgomery.

    Lenape Indian Activities for Kids

    The Lenni Lenape (“true people”) are a Native American tribe. Historically, they lived in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, southeastern New York, and along the north shore of Delaware. In the 1860s they were relocated to Oklahoma, where many of the tribe still live today, though some have returned to the eastern seaboard. They are a sedentary people whose livelihood was chiefly derived from farming. Teachers and parents who want to make the history of the Lenape come alive for children can choose among several activities. These include crafts, cooking and games.

    Indian Artifacts Found Near Lake Jackson, Alabama

    The Lake Jackson Mounds is a large ceremonial complex located on Lake Jackson; a large lake that straddles the Alabama/Florida State line. While half of Lake Jackson is in Alabama, discoveries of Indian artifacts have been made on the Florida side of lake. According to the LostWorlds website, the Lake Jackson Mounds date to approximately 1000 AD, indicating that the mounds were created by a pre-Columbian civilization during the Mississippian period.

    Rogue River Wars

    The Rogue River Wars was an armed conflict in 1855–56 between the US Army, local militias and volunteers, and the Native American tribes commonly grouped under the designation of Rogue River Indians, in the Rogue River Valley area of what today is southern Oregon. While the conflict designation usually includes only the hostilities that took place during the mentioned period of time, numerous previous skirmishes had been escalating in the area, eventually breaking into open warfare.

    Where Did the Native American Thunder Bird Come From?

    Almost every Native American culture has a Thunder Bird legend, but the exact origins of the Thunder Bird myth have been lost to the ages. The Thunder Bird appears as a powerful bird spirit in many North American myths of supernatural creatures.
    History The Thunder Bird legend grew from early attempts to explain extreme or sudden changes in weather. There are also a number of large birds in North America, such as eagles and condors, which is also likely source of this Indian legend. Other Thunder Bird myths speak of whole tribes of the spirit birds living in the mountains in secret at the beginning of time.

    The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, October 19, 2014

    It’s our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country: The search for Misty Upham came to a sad end when a body discovered near the White River in Washington state was identified as the missing Blackfeet actress. Charles Upham, her father, says that she fell down the steep side of the ravine while hiding from police.

    How to Know If You Have Cherokee Genealogy

    As many as 750,000 people claim to be members of the Cherokee Nation, but if you can not prove that you are a direct descendant, you are not eligible for benefits. According to a article “Cherokee Perks,” membership in a recognized American Indian tribe means free health care, drugs, eye glasses, scholarships, housing assistance and a share of casino proceeds. With a little persistence, you may be able to confirm that you have a Cherokee relative.

    Puget Sound War (1855–1856)

    The Puget Sound War was an armed conflict that took place in the Puget Sound area of the state of Washington in 1855–56, between the United States Military, local militias and members of the Native American tribes of the Nisqually, Muckleshoot, Puyallup, and Klickitat. Another component of the war, however, were raiders from the Haida and Tlingit who came into conflict with the United States Navy during contemporaneous raids on the native peoples of Puget Sound. Although limited in its magnitude, territorial impact and losses in terms of lives, the conflict is often remembered in connection to the 1856 Battle of Seattle and to the execution of a central figure of the war,

    The Differences Between a Wigwam & a Tepee

    Wigwams and tepees are both types of dwellings constructed by Indian tribes in what is now the United States. However, wigwams were primarily permanent structures, while tepees were temporary, mobile structures.
    Geography Wigwams were primarily built by Indian tribes in the Northeastern United States such as the Abenaki and Algonquins. On the other hand, tepees were mostly built by Indians tribes in the Great Plains–currently the Midwestern area of the U.S.–such as the Lakota and Dakota Sioux tribes.

    The Tule River War in California

    The 1850s were a devastating time for California Indians, as swarms of contentious and tough miners poured into their homelands. The Indians were often ruthlessly slaughtered or enslaved, and the federal government, which had won California in the Mexican War, failed to provide them with any protection. In 1851, Governor Peter Burnett said that unless the Indians were sent east of the Sierras, ‘a war of extermination would continue to be waged until the Indian race should become extinct.

    About the Crazy Horse Memorial

    Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest mountain carving. Designed as a memorial to Native American heroes, the sculpture depicts Crazy Horse, a 19th century Lakota leader, astride a horse.
    History At the request of Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear, sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski began construction on the memorial on June 3, 1948. Ziolkowski worked on the sculpture until his death in 1982, when his wife Ruth continued with the project.

    Native Americans often use stones like turquoise to make their jewelry especially Native American rings and necklaces. 

    Of all the Southwestern American Indian nations, the Navajo are one of the most iconic.

    With the popularity of Native American arts these days, great giveaway gifts are inexpensive and easy to find.

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